A RAISIN IN THE SUN (1961) B/W widescreen 127m dir: Daniel Petrie

w/Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands, Ivan Dixon, John Fiedler, Louis Gossett Jr., Stephen Perry, Joel Fluellen, Roy E. Glenn Sr.

From The Movie Guide: "[Lorraine] Hansbury's lovely adaptation of her 1959 Broadway hit about a black family in financial straits reunites seven of the original cast in the film version. ...

"The performances are uniformly excellent, with Poitier illuminating the limitations placed on black men in American society and McNeil handling the role of the matriarch with unflinching emotional honesty. Look for Gossett in a small part as a black youth fixated by white values. Since much of the action takes place in the tiny apartment, director Petrie had to pull out all the stops to keep it from being stage bound, and, with the help of cinematographer [Charles] Lawton [Jr.], he succeeded."